Exams regulator boss Sally Collier quits after GCSE and A-level chaos
EXAMS boss Sally Collier has quit her job with immediate effect following the A-Level and GCSEs fiasco.
The chief of Ofqual, who has been in the top job for four years, will be replaced by her predecessor, Dame Glenys Stacey for the time being.
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The board have agreed for Ofsted, the schools to come in to support the exams board after thousands of students had their exam results downgraded by computers earlier this month.
The huge shake-up at the board comes after it faced an almighty battering because of the fall-out from the exams fiasco.
After an outcry the Government u-turned and said all kids would get their predicted grades instead – or whichever was higher.
In a statement from Ofqual today, it said: “The Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, has decided that the next stage of the awarding process would be better overseen by new leadership.”
She decided to quit with the “mutual agreement” between her and the Ofqual board.
The under-fire boss was blasted during the crisis for being “invisible” and “more secretive than the KGB” during the A Levels fiasco.
The lifelong bureaucrat who earns a whopping £200,000 a year – has not been seen or heard from throughout the chaos.
Tory MP Robert Halfon, chairman of the education select committee, told The Sun last week: “Ofqual have been more secretive than the KGB.
“They have behaved like secretive cardinals at the Vatican choosing a Pope rather than like officials developing a transparent grading system.
“There is going to need to be fundamental changes at Ofqual when this is all over.”
Former Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw brands the chaos a “terrible farce” and slammed “invisible” bosses at Ofqual.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson had sought to try and blame Ofqual for the mess.
DFE were kept in the loop of the decision, The Sun understands.
A source close to the discussions said today: “This has not been driven by the DFE demanding a head on platter.
“This is about the best way of taking Ofqual forward.
“There have been real difficulties this year and there will be a real job of putting it back together.”
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No others are expected to resign at the moment.
It’s unclear what Ms Collier will go on to do next.
The regulator added today: “Taken together these arrangements will ensure that Ofqual has the extra capacity, support and oversight it needs both to tackle the remaining issues from this year’s awarding process and to ensure that next year’s arrangements command public confidence.”